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  • Date and time: Tuesday 8 June 2021, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Location: Online
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

York Medieval Lecture

This lecture focuses on the philosophical and architectural entailments of the classical science of optics of the Arab polymath Alhazen (Ibn al-Haytham; b. ca 965 CE in Basra, d. ca. 1040 CE in Cairo).  A special emphasis will be placed on his theories of visual perception and light, as articulated in Books I and II of his monumental Optics (perspectiva), while also evoking the transmission and reception of his translated oeuvre in the European medieval scholarly context and in the Renaissance architectural arts milieu.